Spa People in the News
Universal Companies Appoints Ellen
McGinnis as Director of Consulting
26, 2003 - Abingdon, VA. - Ellen McGinnis, nationally known spa consultant
and director, has joined Universal Companies as Director of Consulting.
McGinnis has over twenty years experience in spa consulting,
having designed and opened spas such as Arnold Palmer's The Spa at Bayhill
in Florida, The Spa at the Sanderling Inn in North Carolina's Outer
Banks, and the Grove Park Inn Spa in Asheville, North Carolina. She
also worked for WTS International, a consulting firm specializing in
resort spas, tennis clubs and exclusive country clubs.
As Spa Director at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,
McGinnis was heavily involved in the concept, design, and construction
phases of the $42 million spa as well as its operation. She designed
many of the spa's unique features and signature treatments; selected
and trained the 125 team of therapists, aestheticians, concierges, and
other personnel; headed up the extensive management team; and served
as a member of the resort's Executive Operations Committee. As a result
of McGinnis's capable leadership, the Spa at the Grove Park Inn and
Resort achieved a profit within the first five months and was rated
one of the world's top ten spas by USA Today only eight months after
In her new role as Director of Consulting at Universal,
McGinnis is responsible for assembling an in-house team of experts from
the spa industry that can advise spa professionals in all aspects of
opening a new spa, expanding an existing spa, or integrating a spa with
a resort setting. From concept to completion, the consulting team will
be able to provide guidance and expertise in the following areas: market
analysis, concept development, facility design, financial management,
program development, equipment selection, education and training, and
marketing strategies. To tap into the synergy of the Universal Companies
Consulting Team, call Ellen McGinnis at 1-800-558-5571.
Established in 1982, Universal Companies is a leading
international distributor of products, equipment, and supplies, to the
spa and skincare industry.
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